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Ruckus Introduces Family Of Smart Wi-Fi Mobile Apps To Simplify Wireless Performance Analysis, Planning And Monitoring

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) today unveiled a suite of four new Smart Wi-Fi mobile applications that will greatly assist system integrators, value-added resellers and network administrators in conducting site surveys and wireless LAN (WLAN) performance tests, as well as remotely monitoring Ruckus Smart WLAN environments and conducting performance comparisons between Ruckus and third-party Wi-Fi access points.

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Developed by Ruckus, this suite of Smart Wi-Fi mobile applications includes the SpeedFlex™, S.W.A.T.™, Zapper™, and ZD Remote™ apps, and each are available now at no cost on the Apple iTunes App Store and other online outlets.

"Anyone who has ever deployed a wireless network of any size clearly understands how difficult it can be to optimize Wi-Fi performance and coverage," said Rob Mustarde, VP of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. "We wanted to radically simplify this process with tools that are intuitive to use and understand, and which offer a compelling value in the data they deliver."

With the new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi mobile applications, network managers are now able to determine where to best place Wi-Fi access points (APs) for optimal coverage and performance. In addition, users can use these Ruckus tools, such as Zapper, as a mechanism for making statistically valid performance comparisons between different vendor systems, with the ability to view all the comparative performance data on the same screen.

"These kinds of tools are invaluable for schools like ours that have large scale deployments in numerous sites," said Joe McBreen, CIO of St. Vrain Valley School District. "Wi-Fi performance is a constantly moving target that ebbs and flows as conditions change.  Arming our administrators with these mobile apps helps us to reduce the operational headaches that often come with Wi-Fi."

St. Vrain Valley School District, a district consisting of 47 schools located in Longmont, Colorado, recently replaced its legacy Wi-Fi with a Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi solution. St. Vrain is a 411-square-mile district with 27,000 students. More than 1,000 802.11n ZoneFlex™ access points now provide Wi-Fi access for a myriad of applications.

SpeedFlex Delivers Real-Time Wi-Fi Performance Data

For iOS and Android users, SpeedFlex is a wireless throughput performance-testing tool based on the Ruckus open source performance test tool that gives users a simple, easy way to collect site performance data. This throughput based analysis tool can be used to validate the performance of an existing installation, or assist in planning a new site deployment. SpeedFlex captures real-time throughput (uplink/downlink), packet loss and site data, and lets users take pictures and send an email with the results packaged in a PDF file.

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